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3.03.2010

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts

  • Everyone I know doesn't like Rick Perry, but then he goes and pulls off an amazing win without a runoff when challenged by a popular sitting senator and a relatively popular Tea Party advocate.
  • Texas Monthly said don't count him out for a run for the presidency in 2012. I wouldn't either. (And if you heard his victory speech, he sounded like he was already running.)
  • Locally, I thought Paul Wood would beat Terry Ross. It was a close race, but I was certainly wrong about that.
  • Those five propositions on the Republican ballot were just weird.
  • I was sad to see District Clerk Cristy Fuqua lose the district clerk's bid. She's not a politician --- just a sweet and quiet lady who always does her job.
  • I knew some folks that worked hard for the opponents of the DA in Tarrant and Denton County. But both incumbents won easily.
  • The incumbent DA in Kaufman County, who was arrested for DWI in Dallas about a year ago, is headed for a runoff.
  • Some people gripe about JP Terri Johnson, who won re-election last night, but I've never had any trouble with her. And if you want to see a lady who was relieved of stress, take a look at her picture today in the Messenger.
  • Speaking of politics, I've started reading Game Change.
  • Weird story in the Messenger today about a former employee suing the Wise County Tax Office for wrongful termination. Not sure why it's news now since the lawsuit was filed in November. But I found it odd that the Tax Assessor Collector said he was aware of the litigation. Edit: I'm told that the lawsuit was filed but no one was ever served.
Edit: Sheesh, people. Don't fire off comments that are just plain nasty or contain assertions of fact which we have no way of verifying.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brenda Rowe will do a good job. I know her personally. She has been employed with the county for many years.

Anonymous said...

What is the old adage about rising to your level of incompetence? Perry is there in the Texas governors job......what an embarassment for Texas.

After George, I thought it would be forever before a Texan was elected to the White House. Sadly, after watching the dirth of Reb candidates, Perry is as shallow as the rest of them, therefore probably a good candidate.

Perry hung the pork around Kay's neck, but the lady, ever the lady, never revealed how many times Perry was on the phone to her in the last nine years pleading for federal money for their common cronies.

Hobbes said...

This is what keeps me up at night.
Palin/Perry 2012, the PP train.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you don't know very many people.

Anonymous said...

You're surprised that Gov. Goodhair mopped the floor with a senator who read a concession speech that sounded like it was written a year ago and a nutjob that couldn't give a straight answer on whether or not the 9/11 attacks involved the government?

Anonymous said...

On please bring Perry/Palin on! The late night comics will have a field day.

Anonymous said...

"Everyone I know doesn't like Rick Perry..."

Oh, so your ego is so big (overcompensation for your small stature, I presume) that just because everyone you know doesn't like him means he's unpopular with everyone else in the state?

You're effing retarded, shorty.

Anonymous said...

johnson's rumored problem is that she grants favors to lawyer friends. that her office is way too close with a couple of area lawyers that always put there small claims in her court cause she will take care of it. ive never had the experience with her first hand but i know ive heard repeated people say she was all about the granting favors.

Anonymous said...

I blame straight party line voting for our poor governance......and yes it was just as bad when it was Democratic party line voting.

Last night wasn't straight party line voting. I can only blame our education in Texas for the results.
Poor Texas, oh poor Texas.

Anonymous said...

Dang Barry! Very nice pic. I give it a 10! You people are so worried about politics to be concerned about what really matters - great Random Thoughts Pics.

Anonymous said...

Doing a great job doesn't mean anything when election time comes. Too many voters do not take the time to know the candidates. They just pick someone and often it is the first person on the ballot.

The big shock of the evening was the run-off election for Democratic county chair between Mark York and Barbara Mote. If there are no state wide candidates in a run-off, precincts will have to open to decide who will be Democratic chair. Voters need to know Barbara Mote failed to get the Democratic candidate for Congressional district 12 on the ballot and failed to proof the ballot that left off the ballot pledge. Failure to get a candidate running for a federal office should defeat her froom being re-elected.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe were stuck with a County Judge that wouldn't close the courthouse when we had 12" of snow until 11:30 am. Hope he wakes up sooner next time.

Anonymous said...

Teri Johnson gave a family member community service for not stopping at the stop sign at 1810 & 287 before it was changed to a yield. The problem was the Decatur police didn't show up. Also, spending our tax dollars to keep kids in school in Decatur on tracking devices is extreme compared to Karen Green spending time with kids to keep them in school.

Cristy Fugua has done a great job for two terms after working in the office for twenty years. Doing a good job doesn't mean anything during election time because too many voters do not take the time to check out the candidates.

Democrats were shocked to learn there will be a run-off for county chair between current County Chair Barbara Mote and past county chair Mark York. Barbara Mote failed to get Tracey Smith, candidate for Congress, on the ballot, causing a lot of trouble and extra expense for the party. Hopefully in the run-off Democrats will find out why she was challenged and vote her out of office for the good of the party.

Anonymous said...

The dems need to hope Perry gets caught with a bag of cocaine and a couple of hookers if they want a chance for White to come within...20 points of Gov. Goodhair in the Nov. election. Say what you want about it being a shame to have this guy represent the State of Texas, but the REAL shame is that the Democratic Party couldn't find someone more appealing to voters than White.

Anonymous said...

I find it amazing that people say they are fed up with Washington. Of the 32 US Rep districts in Texas about half had primary challengers. ALL the incumbents won. Why is it that when people are fed up they refuse to vote people out of office?

Anonymous said...

are there any other states that are governed as well as texas?..i don't think so.

Anonymous said...

9:03, It's only the liberal weenies that get caught with cocaine and hookers ie. New York, New Jersey and Illinois.

Anonymous said...

Hope the Messenger will follow through on the law suit filed by an employee working in Auto Registration. This should not be swept under the rug.

Anonymous said...

Yes lets hope that Mark York can win against Barbara Mote. She is incompetent.

As for Christi, maybe she should not have switched parties.

wordkyle said...

Did I understand one anon to say that yesterday's primaries were NOT "straight party line voting?"

Anonymous said...

I agree with you Barry. I don't know one person that is excited about Rick Perry, but he keeps winning...

Anonymous said...

Hutchison began the "education reform" talk again in her ads. Teachers are FED UP with jumping through hoops to supposedly improve education because teachers KNOW it's all propaganda. How many more "education programs and/or reforms" will we have to endure before everyone REALIZES that good teachers bring about successful students. Just good teachers. Doesn't matter the program, the curriculum or the newest standardized test..... only GOOD TEACHING works! Fire teachers who can't teach and leave education to those who can truly educate! ANY politician who speaks of education reform will not have the support of veteran teachers who don't have the strength or the energy anymore to follow politicians expectations for dog and pony shows. Hutchison lost my vote when she said those two words "edcation reform!" BAH

Anonymous said...

Did you listen to Rick Perry last night? You would have thought he just beat the Dems in a close race...uh, Rick Perry, you just won the Republican nomination?!

Judy said...

Anon 10:01, AMEN!!! That is the very reason I left teaching after 21 years!

Anonymous said...

Terri Johnson made a bad decsion, allowing the 'taking' of Larry York's tanker trailer. Just because the law "allows" the county to seize property doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. Yet curiously, when ruling on a 'taking' for a county commissioner's property, she chose to let him have his property back. Look it up; it's part of the court record.

As for uninformed voters-- I took the time to get informed on the local races, but I didn't know (nor care) a thing about the court justices. So I only voted in races on which I was informed. I left the court justice races unchecked. Let those who took the time to get informed make those decisions!

That said, I know a couple very smart people who, when I told them how I skipped the justices, told me, "I didn't know anything about them either, so I just picked the name I liked the best!" Now that is sickening, yet that is how many get elected.

Anonymous said...

Saw Sarah Palin on Leno last night and I just can't figure out why some of you don't like her, except that maybe she's so down-to-earth "real" people and so intelligent and literate that she scares you. The more I see her the more I like her! A nice-looking, intelligent, regular person rather than a lying politician....such a refreshing change!

And yes, I am THRILLED to have Leno back where he belongs!

Anonymous said...

We had a choice and issues were raised in the Precinct 2 JP race. Hopefully voters will be better informed next time. Karen Green is young and hopefully she will run again.

Jack Daniels said...

District Clerk Cristy Fuqua does (did)her job?

Well, personally I voted against her because she would close the office without notice. During the holidays there would be a sign on the door reading "closed thursday and friday" but the doors were locked at 2 o'clock on wednesday and everyone gone. If you are a public servant, you can't do that.
Congrats to Ms. Rowe.

Anonymous said...

JP Terri Johnson needs to learn that judgments rendered in her court are public record and that you DO NOT have to have a court order to see one.

Anonymous said...

10:24

She did not make that ruling on the commssioners case the judge prior to her did. She had to follow the law on the York case and so far it has not been overturned....nor will it. Even our Current County Attny. said she did the right thing and he was part of the case.... watched the paper work pass by and it was not popular but right!

Jack Daniels said...

Hey Barrister, where's my post about the District Clerk??????

Anonymous said...

Hey, 8:38. I'm 6'6" and I don't know anyone who likes Perry either. Bite on that.

And 9:03, oh yeah. I forgot. Conservative weenies don't get caught with hookers; they get caught trying to have gay sex in restrooms or running off to South America for a fling.

Anonymous said...

the relatively popular Tea Party advocate was only popular with the Tea Party folks. I think the rest of us need to see something more from her than a county position before we let her take the reins of the entire state
As for KBH you have a choice:
- keep her in the Senate, where people seem to feel she's doing a good job (otherwise she wouldn't have been there so long)
- give her the job of running the state
Maybe you like them both!
But maybe she should stay where she is until we decide somebody else should should be our senator

Anonymous said...

Those who worked in the courthouse knew that Cristy Fugua did a good job and was respected.

Anonymous said...

This is making me laugh. Politics in small counties. I live in Tarrant County and I couldn't tell you half the people who ran for county offices much. YOu people know backgrounds of these people. All i Knew is what I saw from signs in yards.

Anonymous said...

Everybody cries about "straight party" voting. When was the last time you were able to vote on a mixed ticket?
Like yesterday, you are "allowed" to vote either Rep. or Dem.
There were candidates on both parties I would have voted for. Certainly not strictly because they were one or the other, but, because I felt they would have been a better elected official.
I would bet a dollar to a donut election results would be a lot different if we were given the opportunity to vote a mixed ballot.

What happened to "Freedom of Choice"? Did we give that away also?

Anonymous said...

10:24-

A judge has discretion on issues of fact. The law that allowed York's tanker to be taken requires the judge to view evidence and determine who the rightful owner is and RETURN the property to the RIGHTFUL owner. So why is the property still in Wise county possession?

York's evidence included a bank lien on the tanker; the man who sold it to his father; the company that overhauled the tanker and in the process removed and failed to replace the VIN; and insurance on the tanker.

If I were the JP, I would have said "good enough. I'm convinced. Take your property Mr. York." Instead, Terri said, "No VIN, No tanker!"

It was Terri's choice to make. The law does NOT state "no VIN, no property."

Terri should be looking out for the citizens of the county. If this had been your property, you would be singing a different tune.

Anonymous said...

I like Sarah Palin. I like Rick Perry.

Anonymous said...

Just keep censoring comments that you deem acceptable. Thanks for guarding our baby eyes from nasty comments.

Anonymous said...

11:08...So let me get this straight, there are tall people and short people who don't like cocaine, hookers and gay bathroom sex? I wonder how tall Larry Craig is...I guess maybe he is short enough to get his pecker under a stall. I wonder if Perry is tall enough to like hookers and cocaine?

Anonymous said...

To 10:56:

You are completely wrong. Judge Johnson did make that ruling on the York trailer. Check the County Clerk's record if you want proof. Cause No. 02-08-118CV

You are also completely wrong that is has not be overturned. It has. The Fort Worth Court of Appeals overturned it in part in an opinion dated 9-24-09. You should read the opinion. Here is the location

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/opinions/HTMLOpinion.asp?OpinionID=20810

You are also completely wrong that the current County Attorney agreed with her decision.

Basically, you are completely misinformed.

Anonymous said...

How did Hawkins (a name that's been in this county for more than a century) get beat by Burns (a name that came onto the scene only a few years ago)???

Anonymous said...

Hawkins got beat by the better man for the job. A name doesn't always win.

Anonymous said...

I like 11:42.

Anonymous said...

11:57---he got more votes.

Anonymous said...

Johnson and Burns will be moving up the ladder into state office in a few years.... You watch....

M-M said...

It's interesting how polls repeatedly show that the majority of Americans favor term limits, but we seem to forget that fact at the election voting booth. Term limits are built into the system, you simply don't vote them back into office.

Anonymous said...

I saw Hawkins Video. In it he made some wild, misinformed assertions. Kevin Burns was the right choice.

Hey 11:38, it's Fuqua (with a Q), right?

Anonymous said...

9:11 I think you answered your own question. HEELLLLLOOOO. This is Texas not Washington.

Anonymous said...

12:51 I agree about the Hawkins video. I was so embarrassed for him just like I was for Tom Cruise when he started jumping on that couch on the ORKA show. Uhhh...I meant OPRA. Sorry OPRA fans.

Anonymous said...

Burns has done a WONDERFUL job and I am damn glad he won.

Barry, Everyone I know likes Perry. Obviously glad I don't run in your circle.

Anonymous said...

I only vote in the presidential campaigns because I just don't give a rats a** about the stupid little petty wise co. ones.

Anonymous said...

amazing terri never had a fundraiser in our pct she also spent alot of money to get her name out there terri is a nice person but it is funny that she received money from people outside pct to fund her campaign strange isnt it

Anonymous said...

12:51 or 1:15 Where is the video so the rest of us can see it?

Anonymous said...

Lots of Rob Hawkins videos:
http://www.youtube.com/robhawkinsII

Anonymous said...

For years, the Wise County Sheriff's Department and Terri Johnson have taken the position that, if they find you in possession of any property of any kind lackin a VIN plate or an identification number, it becomes the property of the county. Following this misbelief Wise County has seized hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal property, from boats, to RVs, to four wheelers, to trailers, etc. The Fort Worth Court of Appeals pointed out the error of these officials' beliefs in its opinion in the York case. That Court also held that the county can now be required to pay for that semi-trailer, which is of absolutely no use to the county, along with the attorney's fess incurred in collecting the money. That ruling by Terri Johnson is likely to cost the county over $100,000. Until the county decides to change its ways, better watch your property. It might be next...

Anonymous said...

That's scary 1:58. But, typical of police, etc. Sometimes lacking in common sense is part of the job description.

I guess welders who makes homemade trailers that don't have vin's had better watch out. It's really funny that the auto registration office will register a homemade trailer without a vin but the police will take it away.

Anonymous said...

10:49 You must have the District Clerk mixed up with the County Clerk's office. They close at lunch for birthday parties. Cristy Fuqua was on the job earning the respect of everyone who knew her work ethics.

Anonymous said...

The York case went all the way to the Texas Supreme Court at county tax payer's expense. This information should have come out in the campaign; however, candidates don't want to go negative and there was no forum to ask JP Teri Johnson tough questions on this issue. Perhaps it will surface in the next race for Sheriff.

Anonymous said...

I personally thought the 5 propositions on the Republican ballot were great! Wish EVERYONE would embrace them. We would be a better country!!!!!!!

Jack Daniels said...

No I am not confused. It was DISTRICT CLERK's office. But I agree, County Clerk closes for any reason she can come up with.

Guvmint gravy train!

Anonymous said...

can there be a recall election of the jp office

Anonymous said...

jp 2 office was bought i never saw terri ask anyone for their vote all i have seen from her is a waste of money and resources in taking care of kids who are truant instead of trying to inspire them she puts them in an ankle monitor that we the taxpayers pay for at least karen takes the time to get to know these children and try to get them to see the error of their ways and fix it thank goodness for karen

Anonymous said...

Karen Green had a chance to question Terri Moore's record, but she chose not to address the issues.

I personally emailed Karen Green with the information about the York case and offered legal research and all the documents if she wanted to pursue the matter. She didn't even reply to my email.

Maybe next time Terri will have a challenger who is not afraid to question her record and decisions.

Anonymous said...

who is Terri Moore?????? That is because Karen has class unlike you that does not know WHAT THE HELL YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT D^^^ As%. If you were sooooo worried about this stupid YORK CASE why the heck didn't you run????

Anonymous said...

5:24 you need to do your research, I work at one of the schools in pct 2 and no there is not a child in a Wise County school on an ankle monitor.

Anonymous said...

Is this York everyone is talking about the same York that murdered Sgt White? If it is you are one f***ed up person!!!! worrying about his property! What are you, one of the meth heads he sold to

Anonymous said...

6:29.. If you had all this great info about wrong doings in the JP2 office why didn't you bring it to the public's attention instead of asking Karen Green to run a mudslinging campaign?? If you were looking for mudslinging, Karen is not your girl! Bet you voted for Johnson, if you voted at all.

Anonymous said...

Several people did'nt fare well in the alection because voters that really knew them would not vote for them.Dog catchers not includied.DAGO

Anonymous said...

4 more years of Terry Ross? Lord help us!

Anonymous said...

EVERYBODY NEEDS TO GET A COLD GLASS OF SHUT THE F&^% UP. Its over until next time

Anonymous said...

2:38-- this is the USA we have a legal right to bitch

Anonymous said...

Amen 2:38

Anonymous said...

8:37 He is not the same York. But Larry's brother Steve is a crackhead.